12 Things You Didn’t Know About Devil Wears Prada
10. Meryl Streep Almost Turned Down the Role
It’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role of Miranda Priestley. According to Streep, when she was first offered the role she almost passed because the salary was so low. “The offer was to my mind slightly, if not insulting — not perhaps reflective of my actual value to the project. There was my ‘goodbye moment,’ and then they doubled the offer,” she said in an interview with Variety. This was the first time Streep had ever negotiated a price for a film role! “I was 55, and I had just learned, at a very late date, how to deal on my own behalf.”
9. Liz Tilberis Inspired Miranda’s White Hair
One of the most striking physical characteristics about Miranda Priestly is her white hair. It was a strategic fashion choice by Streep and costume designer Patricia Fields loved it, but the production team didn’t because they thought it made her look old. Of course, eventually Streep won in the end. In an interview with Meryl Streep, she said her friend, the former editor in chief of Harper’s Bazaar, Liz Tilberis, was a partial inspiration behind the idea.